Kyu-Sakamoto

Kyu Sakamoto’s “Sukiyaki” DVD of 1963 U.S. visit footage available

Rare 1963 video footage of singer Kyu Sakamoto, known outside Japan for his U.S. hit song “Sukiyaki,” will be released on DVD.

The footage was taken during the singer’s trip to the United States in 1963 when the song, whose Japanese title is “Ue o Muite Aruko” (“Let’s Walk Looking Up”), topped the U.S. charts, sources said Thursday.

The footage, missing for many years, turned up last fall in the vault of Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc.

The two-disc set titled “1963 Ue o Muite Aruko,” to be released by TBS on April 24, also includes rare footage, including a Japanese drama featuring the singer that was previously unavailable in DVD format.

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